MYTHIC GUITAR COMPANY
in Austin, Texas, is an up and coming custom guitar builder.
We pride ourselves in making custom made guitars for the every day musician at prices that won’t break the bank. We make guitars that, simply put, outplay, outperform and “out tone” any store bought big name brand, at comparable prices, or sometimes for less.
THE MYTHIC GUITAR PROMISE
We don’t see our customers as clients. Everyone who purchases a guitar from us, becomes part of our extended family.
We love the music industry and do everything we can to support our local artists. As the our company grows, it will evolve into a hub for musicians where they can network and be part of something bigger than themselves. By purchasing a guitar from us, you are not only helping us to reach our goals, but, you also help yourself and every other musician who purchases from us to realize their own dreams.
We stand by our brand, our name, our quality, our customers, our industry and our beautiful city.
FROM THE OWNER
How did you get into music?
I started my musical journey with a 2nd hand guitar in 1987 at the ripe old age of 6 years old. I have loved all things music for as long as i can physically remember. Some of my earliest memories are of my dad playing a candy apple red American Fender Stratocaster to George Thorogood, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Little Feet, Dire Straights, The Stray Cats, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Albert King, Albert Collins, and a plethora of other iconic bands and artists. As a young kid, he used to take me to gigs on 6th street in Austin when i’d visit him on the weekends. As a result, I have to have music playing at all times, or i get stir crazy. My personal hell, would be a world in which there was no music to listen to. Even if it were a constant loop of “oops i did it again”, it would still, to me, be better than no music at all.
Over the years, I have been in several bands, written hundreds of songs in several genres of music including blues, country, hard rock, experimental, alternative, rock alternative, metal, etc, and over the years i have tweaked, upgraded, or altered in some way, every guitar that i have ever owned in order to fit the style of music i played, or the sound we were going for at that time and also found myself working on my band-mate’s guitars as well.
For several years, i was hot and heavy in the music scene here in Austin. I booked shows for bands, I was a professional photographer, I played in bands, sat in as a session guitarist (or bass, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, dobro, harmonica, lap steel, pedal steel, or pretty much anything else someone would hand me. I even played Triangle once, to one up my dad, who played a kazoo for a well known country artist. He in turn played a mouth harp for someone else.)
Why do you recommend boutique guitars over store bought?
One word… Quality….
What was your first guitar?
My first guitar was a candy apple red, early 1980’s Epiphone Strat copy that my father bought me.
It’s funny, because my very first guitar, was inherently an odd ball. Epiphone did not make the Strat copy for very many years, compared to their other models, like the Les Paul, ES-335, etc, which have always been made, and are still being made today.
There was a luthier in Korea who fully hand made his guitars, including pickups. A soldier bought a custom guitar from this guy with Dual Humbuckers. These pups were SUPER clean, hot, bright, and had an amazing tone. The guitar was a set neck style.
My dad bought this guitar from the soldier when he came home. At a gig, someone tripped, and as a result broke the neck on that guitar.
A few months later, a friend of my dad’s house burned down. One room of the house was unaffected. On the other side of the door, was the epiphone. It had endured severe heat damage, the electronics were shot, the pickguard was destroyed, but the wood itself did not burn, instead, it was heat treated! My dad took the humbuckers out of the trashed guitar, put the epiphone back together and gave it to me as my first guitar. This guitar has a tone and sound like no other. it SCREAMS like a banshee, and sings like an angel all at the same time. There is literally not another like it, and i attribute that to the “heat treating” and the one off custom pickups. Basically, my first guitar was custom and had a hell of an origin story.
So, from an early age, i knew and understood that guitars can be customized and made to suit, and i’ve been doing exactly that, ever since!
I’m planning a full restoration of this guitar spring of 2019.